Social insects like ants have long been using decentralized information technologies to gain organizational flexibility for the sustainability and greater good of their colonies. As social media are emerging in our own societies, we can learn the best practices from ants to preserve our diversity, individuality and social cohesion.
SpareTag.com makes a parallel between
surviving cavemen in the prehistoric era
and striving modern human in the jungle
of social media.
"Social Media are the cave art of the twenty-first century"
on top of trance
carries the listener
gracefully from song to song as if the Neanderthal extinction had never happened. The music is enveloped in colored synth streams like a soft sunlight coming through the clouds and brushing the meaning of cave paintings.
A prehistoric epic directed by Roland Emmerich. Why did homo sapiens live in groups? Follow a
young mammoth hunter's journey
through uncharted territory to secure the
future of his tribe.
The special effects
are well (over) done and, as you can see in the trailer, capture attention
This novel takes us back to the early stages of human evolution, with a girl named Ayla. We are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world, in a moving saga about cavemen, relationships, and the boundaries of love and power. A romantic book about the history of social networking.
Three million years ago, dear Lucy, the most well-known Australopithecus Afarensis, was still climbing trees and just starting walking upright. It took humanity one million more years to make tools out of stones and another million years, before our ancestor Homo Heidelbergensis could control fire, build shelters, and use wooden spears. That was 400,000 years ago. Homo Heidelbergensis evolved differently between the regions to become the Neanderthal in Europe/Asia and the Homo Sapiens in Africa some 200,000 years ago.
The Neanderthals lived fast and died young, hunting large animals to survive in cold weather. They developed more muscle, broader frame and larger eye sockets to adapt to the long winters and short days with reduced visibility. Most of their brain activity was directed to control their larger bodies and enhanced vision.
About 60,000 years ago, Homo Sapiens started migrating from Africa into Europe. With their smaller bodies and limited visual capability, Homo Sapiens were more mobile and had more brain power available in their frontal lobes to develop social networking, artistic skills and symbolic thinking.
Homo Sapiens adapted better, given their superior communication, innovative weaponry, cooperative hunting, extensive trading and broader diet. They had a longer childhood, hence more time to learn from parents, which contributed to longer lifespan. Neanderthals were outperformed, giving away territory to the new comers.
There was no real co-habitation but some interbreeding is believed to have taken place at the fringe. Not biologically fully compatible, the male hybrids were infertile but some Neanderthal genes survive through the female offsprings, mostly the genes related to insulation to cold (e.g. skin and hair).
Neanderthal disappeared within 5,000 years. Thanks to the sequencing of DNA found on old bones, scientists were able to determine that 1 to 4% of the non-african modern humans genome can be traced to Neanderthals, including the ones related to modern diseases such as lupus, crohn, and type 2 diabetes.